Tuesday, March 26, 2013
We are currently in the Exumas, and protected anchoring
spots are few and far between. We opted for Pipe Creek, where is is very shallow and fraught with reefs; we need to enter near high tide to get enough water to pass through. But this was our decision.
We got in with some gnashing of teeth but no touching of the bottom. Put down the anchor, and are quickly greeted by the boat next to us, telling us that everyone has two anchors out. We don't like to put two anchors out since Buster, our anchor, does such a good job, but when one boat puts out two anchors if you are close by, you must as well, so you all swing the same way. So we put out two anchors.
The best part of Pipe is that since the boats are so close together you are bound to make new friends. We farkelled with Paul and Mary on Merry
Sea, Donna and Jerry from Blue Jacket, and Floyd and Patty from Shangri La (farkel is a game; I lost). Merry Sea has two dogs! Maggie, the twin sister of our dog friend Tinker Belle, and Jasmine. Two wonderful doggies with great owners.
For the entertainment at the party a mega yacht came into Pipe Creek. A mega yacht does not belong in Pipe Creek. It was traveling at about a half a knot and we think it was a new boat with a captain new at least to the Bahamas, and did not know that his Maptech charts were worthless. It was a hoot seeing a bunch of cruisers consulting with the crew about where they planned to anchor (on the flats), and generally, exchanging views about the quality of the Explorer charts.